Warthog II (Phacochoerus africanus)  by Chris Westinghouse

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One of my favorite images of one of my favorite animals in the African wilds. This lady and I struck up quite a cosy friendship during a 2007 expedition back to my home in South Africa. She became so comfortable with me and our family that she would bring her own infant family to the backdoor for a rub and a scratch, foraging in the backyard for hours and even herding her babies to sleep at my feet on the verandah.

Warthogs may seem ugly and unlovable, but it is no lie that they are my all-time best pals. And I think they are beautiful beyond description. I travel halfway around the world just for a few hours spent like this…


warthog, phacochoerus, pumba, boar, pig, tusk

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  • marella
    marellaabout 3 years ago

  • ChrisCoombes
    ChrisCoombesabout 3 years ago

    Nice shot Chris. I reckon warthogs are pretty cool and being that close and interacting would be absolutely amazing i think

  • Thanks Chris. Yep, without a doubt the coolest and most underrated animals in the veld. I guess one has to “read” them, like any wild animal, but I’ve been in touching proximity to hordes of them for many years and never had an uncomfortable experience (one of those tusks could make for serious discomfort if the animal was cranky).

    – Chris Westinghouse

  • SandraRos
    SandraRosabout 3 years ago

  • Anne Young
    Anne Youngabout 3 years ago

    Agree – after 3 weeks in South Africa they are every bit as wonderful as lions and elephants!

  • SandraRos
    SandraRosabout 3 years ago

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  • Damienne Bingham
    Damienne Binghamabout 3 years ago

    Great shot! Must be wonderful to interact with them up close and personal. I’ve only ever seen them from a distance, running with their little tails up!

  • Chris Westinghouse
    Chris Westingh...about 3 years ago

    Hi Damienne. They are really very sociable – but they can also be extremely dangerous. I have often interacted with them and even with their small babies in the bush. In fact, on the trip where I took this image, a mother and her babies took a fancy to me and more-or-less moved in on our porch. It’s kinda special when the whole family is so comfortable with you that they snuggle around and have an afternoon snooze at your feet.

  • SandraRos
    SandraRosalmost 3 years ago

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesabout 2 years ago

    Excellent work!

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